Cuba join list of 24th Women’s World Championship participants
04 Jun. 2019
Cuba won the 2019 North America and the Caribbean Women’s Handball Championship played in Mexico City from May 28 to June 2, thereby clinching a place at the upcoming 24th IHF Women’s World Championship in Japan. Cuba were unbeaten on the path to the trophy and defeated Puerto Rico 27:24 in the final to secure the title. Greenland won the bronze medal with a 22:20 victory versus Dominican Republic.
In the group matches, Cuba beat Canada 30:17 on day one then kept Greenland to the same score, beating them 25:17 on day two. A third win versus the USA, 27:21, took them through to the semi-final. In the semi-final, Cuba defeated Dominican Republic 30:23.
Playing in the smaller Group B, with three teams as opposed to the four in Group A, Puerto Rico had a bye on the first day of competition. They opened their campaign on day two, beating Mexico 36:34. They followed that with a 23:18 victory over Dominican Republic in their second and last preliminary match, thereby securing first place in the group and a position in the semi-finals.
In their semi-final, Puerto Rico took on Greenland and finished with a 29:25 win. Greenland were therefore left to decide the bronze medal versus the Dominican Republic and secured third position on the final ranking.
As the bottom-ranked teams in their respective groups after the preliminary round, Canada and Mexico met in the first 5-7 placement match. Mexico won the clash 30:24, and therefore proceeded to the 5/6 play-off versus the USA. The USA took a 33:27 victory in that match and with it fifth place.
The final ranking of the tournament was therefore as follows:
2. Puerto Rico
4. Dominican Republic
Photo: Mariano Ríos